Tashlich, or the traditional symbolic casting of sins into a body of water, was performed by members of the Jewish community of the East Valley on the second day of Rosh Hashanah, Sept. 13.
A contingent of the Jewish community left the Windmill Inn in Chandler at 4 p.m. and walked to Desert Breeze Park, the nearest body of water. “On Rosh Hashanah, we don’t do any work as defined by the Torah,” explained Rabbi Mendy Deitsch of Chabad of the East Valley. “So we will walk!”
The crowd of congregants and other community members marched down Chandler Boulevard to Desert Breeze Park dressed in holiday clothes, leading toddlers by the hand. The event has grown each year in strength, size and in gaining attention.
After arriving at Desert Breeze Park, the group recited formal prayers. Afterward, some of the group returned to their homes, while others made their way to nearby hospitals to visit Jewish patients on the occasion of the Jewish New Year. “The good feeling generated by the walk, the pride and sense of unity is just so infectious that we can’t help but share it with others,” Deitsch said.